PHOTOS OF THE DAY – MEALS ON WHEELS – November 4, 2015

Some of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had, were during the two and a half years I delivered Meals on Wheels in Boone, NC. Although we were not supposed to dilly dally around or talk too much when we were doing our routes, I grew very fond of some of my folks.

During holidays when the kitchen was closed, I would surprise them with treats from the bakery. I mean really good treats. It was then that I could go at my own pace and sit down with my favorite peeps to share their wisdom and life stories.

I knew many of these elderlies depended on Meals on Wheels to receive one hot meal a day, even if they grumbled about the menu. Others would joke about the food and set it aside for ‘whenever’. Boy oh boy did those meals stink up my car. I never saw anyone so ravenous they’d tear right into their lunch.

Today I had a little déjà vu experience as Recluse Man and I moved truckloads of hay onto the farm. On our last load, we took a break and lookee who showed up for Meals on Wheels!!! I must say they had a no holds barred approach to lunch…those rascals.

For Photos of the Day…here are my latest Meals on Wheels recipients…POTD_15_11_04_1

They never complained about the menu…POTD_15_11_04_2

Nor did they want to make small talk or set their lunch aside…POTD_15_11_04_3

They didn’t even ask for dessert!POTD_15_11_04_4Bon Appétit you little Pips!

NOW GIT OUTTA HERE!!

PHOTO OF THE DAY – THE GREAT PONKIN – PART III – November 1, 2015

When Halloween arrived, Pockets the Ponkey was so excited about meeting The Great Ponkin, I couldn’t bear the thought of her disappointment, should she not.

That ponkey gets really fonkey when things don’t go her way. Especially when it comes to ponkey traditions and rituals and beliefs. She is full of beliefs.

I decided to take things into my own hands. I would make her the best Ponkin of all time. It would be the Ponkin of her wildest dreams. It would be a Ponkin she’d be talking about for a very long time. It would be…The Great Ponkin.

But dang, there I was on Halloween without even a pumpkin.

So how did things turn out?

When I told Pockets there was someone she needed to meet, she got very excited.

Let’s hear it straight from the ponkey’s mouth.

“Oh My Gwad…is it The Great Ponkin? Mama G…tell me I’m not helloosinatin!”POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_01

“And are youse the The Great Ponkin’s Great-grandponks? Oh My Gwaddess!”POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_02

“Haya Hiya…Ima Pockets the Ponkey and Ima believer!”POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_03

“Mama F…take my picture with The Great Ponkin or no one will ever-ever believe me!”
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“Now…one without the Great-grandponks…paleeze! Oh to meet The Great Ponkin! Why we have the same hair!”POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_05

“But WAADAMINUTE!!!….dats not REAL HAIR…dat hair UNNIBBLABLE!!”POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_06

“NOT REAL LIPS! LIPS NOT MOVE!!”
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“SMELLS LIKE OLE FARM PUMPKIN!!!”POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_08

“TASTES LIKE OLE FARM PUMPKIN!!!”POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_09

“THE GREAT PONKIN WOULD NOT LET ME EAT HIS GREAT-GRANDPONKS…YOU DUMMY”
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“YOU TWIED TO TWICK ME! I WILL EAT THEM ALL!”
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I had become a believer as I created The Great Ponkin, and was mortified to see the fun Pockets was having, tormenting the poor Great Ponkin and his Great-grandponks.POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_12

She didn’t hold back and found great pleasure in telling me I didn’t know poo about ponkey-lore.

Fortunately, The Great Ponkin handled it with Great austerity while maintaining his Great Grimace.POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_13

No pumpkin was safe.POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_14

Of course I didn’t tell you the full story and perhaps the reason why Pockets behaved like a naughty half-ass.

You see, I tried to turn her into a unicorn and it was a bit of a disaster.POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_15

OK…maybe it was a huge disaster.POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_16

In all fairness…I owe Pockets her take on things…

“Oh My Gwad…I HATE HALLOWEEN!!! First you put a dorkydumb horn on me that looks like a toilet paper ear plug and tell me to look cute!!!

WAAH THE POOPS???

I am POCKETS DA PONKEY…AND I AM ALWAYS CUTE!!!!

Then the WORST..you TWIED to TWICK ME with THE GREAT PONKIN!

(Pockets get tongue-tied when she’s upset)

PONKINS-SHMONKINS!!!

You CANNOT JOKE AROUND about THE GREAT PONKIN…YOU CANNOT TWICK ME!

He is REAL. Now go decorate that dumb pig of yours…I waah my Mama E & G.”POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_17

So I took her advice and had the most fun decorating the silly pig.POTD_15_11_01_ponkins_III_19Best part? That D.O.G. believes everything I say!!!!

PHOTO OF THE DAY – THE GREAT PONKIN – PART II – October 31, 2015

When Pockets the Ponkey finally met The Great Ponkin…how shall I say…it got a lil wonkey at the honkey-tonk.

For Photo of the Day … Pockets wanted one for her album….POTD_15_10_31_ponkin

The full story tomorrow.

Have a ghoulish night.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY – THE GREAT PONKIN – October 30, 2015

Mama E and I thought we would make a few Halloween portraits of the Pips before the big day. We planned to decorate the hay bales..try on some hats….get a few snaps.

May I present some Photos of the Day.

We could tell Pockets was excited. Anytime there’s dress-up and make-believe, that ponkey makes herself readily available…POTD_15_10_30_HalloweenBut this time was different. Halloween is coming right up and Pockets had an agenda.

We soon learned she was in search of the Great Ponkin.
POTD_15_10_30_Halloween2“WAAAAA,” she said. “I wanna meet the GREAT PONKIN!! Where-oh-where is the GREAT PONKIN? I WAAAANA MEET THE GREAT PONKIN!”

We thought if Pockets wore the great pumpkin hat, it would calm her down. She would be a happy ponkey once again…POTD_15_10_30_Halloween8We explained The Great Ponkin can only be seen on Halloween.

We tried our best to get her to smile…
POTD_15_10_30_Halloween9“I WAAAANA MEET THE GREAT PONKIN!”

And with that she knocked that dumb pumpkin hat off…and Mama E too!
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Poor Pockets. We were not taking her seriously…POTD_15_10_30_Halloween5

…and neither was Grayson…
POTD_15_10_30_Halloween7STAY TUNED FOR HALLOWEEN ON THE FUNNY FARM!

PHOTO OF THE DAY – ALL BARK AND NO BITE – October 29, 2015

It’s tough enough when you are tiny.

It’s even tougher when your sidekick calls you a mini-mule…and your mama wonders why you are still a midget.

For Photo of the Day…see Pockets holding her own.

Paleeze…don’t ever say…she’s all bark and no bite!!!POTD_15_10_29_ALL_BARK…not that fonkey-wonkey-ponkey…oh no-no-no!!!

PHOTOS OF THE DAY – A LITTLE PERSON FOR POCKETS – October 24, 2015

It’s not often Pockets meets someone her size. She’s so little.

In fact…she’s so little she can walk under Gypsy’s belly.

She’s so little when she jumps on Grayson’s butt, she’s only three feet tall.

She’s so little she would not be allowed on a carousel.

She’s so little, she would be a carry-on with the Mule Train…(‘scuse me…the Ponkey Train)

OK. You get the point.

So it’s an extra special thing when Pockets gets to hang with a little person…they are far and few between around this farm.

For Photos of the Day (because I cannot choose a favorite)…see how happy Pockets is with Miss Kessler…her new found little person friend…POTD_15_10_24_little_peepsI kinda melt looking at these photos..POTD_15_10_24_little_peeps2…and then I wonder…that Pockets sure has a BIG head…POTD_15_10_24_little_peeps3…that’s full of wonkey-ponkey-luv….POTD_15_10_24_little_peeps4 Total sweetness. Go Little Peeps.

And now …GO PANTHERS!!! It’s SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!!!

PHOTO OF THE DAY – HONKEY-PONK-NOT – October 5, 2015

Photo of the Day comes with a little conversation I overheard….POTD_10_05_15_1Grayson (natural brown pony on right)…”What has happened to my honkey ponkey?…my lil sugar-booger?..my dream cream bean? You look like a two-tone low rider! I must search now to nibble the honkey in the ponkey!”

POTD_10_05_15_3Pockets (dirty white ponkey on the left)…”Don’t call me your HONKEY PONKEY!!! Ima WONKEY…and Ima FONKEY..but I ain’t yer HONKEY PONKEY!”

POTD_10_05_15_2That was all I heard.

Personally, I think they break-up just so they can make-up.

PHOTO OF THE DAY – PONKEY PRANK – September 16, 2015

IN THIS PHOTO OF THE DAY….WHAT IS POCKETS THE PONKEY DOING??

  1. BOBBING FOR APPLES?
  2. SEARCHING FOR PENNIES?
  3. WARSHING HER PONKEY PAW?
  4. BEING A FONKEY WONKEY BAD BAD PONKEY?

(answers below)

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  1. NEGATIVE
  2. DOUBTFUL
  3. PERHAPS
  4. AFFIRMATIVE!!!!!!!!

Let me explain. I made this photo Sunday evening after a long day of attending to Gypsy’s sudden lameness. She showed up for breakfast hobbling into the barn. It looked serious. Her fetlock was warm and swollen and a little squishy. Perhaps a sprain? I cold-hosed Gypsy’s leg several times thru the day, applied liniment, gave her stall wraps, kept her confined, kept a close eye on her, and then let her out in the paddock with the Pips for the evening.

The entire time the Pips were PERFECT PESTS!!! It was the first time ever in their short lives, my attention was entirely focused on Mama G. “WAAAAAAAH?” said Pockets.

The Pips were mostly in cahoots, but this was strictly a Pockets-Prank. I had filled a water tub for overnight in the gated-paddock. (Normally Gyps and the Pips drink from the creek in the pasture.) After 15 minutes or so, I noticed the water was nasty-dirty. Now how did that happen, I wondered. I dumped the water and reminded myself not to fill it so full.

Then look who came over to investigate…suddenly things became clear as the hose water….FG_105_2

 I encouraged that ponkey to Move On…Move On Lil Ponkey…MOVE ON…FG_107_1

Well that didn’t last long…a ponkey has a lotta curiosity doncha know…FG_110_1 copy

Uncontrollable, unfathomable, unbelievable curiosity….FG_112_1

To the point of ponkey-pestiness…FG_130_1“HEY GIT OUTTA HERE YOU PANFRIED PINTSIZED PESTY PONKEY!!”FG_131_1And that my friends, is the story behind your Ponkey-Prank Photo of the Day